VICE take a look inside the NYPD’s fight club. The rules are simple: Two cops fight it out in the boxing ring to settle scores, vent anger and, most importantly, gain bragging rights.
In the past, cops would organise “Smokers” where two police officers would have a boxing match in order to resolve any serious work arguments. The practice died down in the second half of the 20th century, but it was revived in the mid 90s. Dave Siev hosted a charity smoker in 1995. That event helped kickstart a resurgence in smoker competitions.
The sport has come a long way from its backroom brawl origins. Nowadays, fights are officiated by proper refs and take place in big-name venues like Madison Square Gardens. It’s crazy to think that one of the world’s most famous police forces have a massive, underground boxing league! Some critics say that it encourages violent behaviour, others say that it settles serious arguments. Either way, it looks like a hell of a lot of fun!
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